Liverpool City Region’s buses
Buses are the backbone of our transport system, with 82% of all public transport journeys locally being made by bus – that’s 400,000 people every single day.
It is because of this that we’re working to constantly improve them, not only for those who currently use them but to encourage those who don’t, to give it a try and see it as a real alternative to the car. We want it to be real value for money, with quality, cleaner, greener buses, reliable services and easy to understand journey planning and smart ticketing.
Our pioneering, award-winning Bus Alliance, a formal partnership between Merseytravel and the area’s two biggest operators, Stagecoach and Arriva, has already allowed us to address a number of challenges and reverse the national trend of falling bus use.
The number of bus journeys young people are making across our city region has risen by 168% thanks in no small part to the day ticket, MyTicket, which allows unlimited day travel across Merseyside for those aged five to 18. We have also secured half-priced bus travel for apprentices aged 19-24, removing one of the key barriers we identified as prohibiting young people from undertaking vocational training.
While we are rightly proud of the progress we have made with buses, we are not stopping here. We will be using our devolved powers given to us in the Bus Services Act 2017 to drive through further improvements on our bus network, to ensure fare-paying passengers get the best value and service.